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Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House Inc
Publication date May 15, 2012
Pages 512
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780812978841
ISBN-10 0812978846
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $20.00
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
In a chronicle that captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and intrigue, John Julius Norwich recounts in riveting detail the histories of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world. Norwich presents such popes as Innocent I, who in the fifth century successfully negotiated with Alaric the Goth, an invader civil authorities could not defeat; Leo I, who two decades later tamed (and perhaps paid off) Attila the Hun; the infamous “pornocracy”—the five libertines who were descendants or lovers of Marozia, debauched daughter of one of Rome’s most powerful families; Pope Paul III, “the greatest pontiff of the sixteenth century,” who reinterpreted the Church’s teaching and discipline; John XXIII, who in five short years starting in 1958 instituted reforms that led to Vatican II; and Benedict XVI, who is coping with today’s global priest sex scandal. Epic and compelling, Absolute Monarchs is an enthralling history from “an enchanting and satisfying raconteur” (The Washington Post).



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Hardcover
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from Random House Inc (July 12, 2011)
9781400067152 | details & prices | 512 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 2.00 lbs | List price $30.00
About: Critical praise for ABSOLUTE MONARCHS“Absolute Monarchs sprawls across Europe and the Levant, over two millenniums, and with an impossibly immense cast: 265 popes, feral hordes of Vandals, Huns and Visigoths, expansionist emperors, Byzantine intriguers, Borgias and Medicis, heretic zealots, conspiring clerics, bestial inquisitors and more.
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Reprint edition from Random House Inc (May 15, 2012)
9780812978841 | details & prices | 512 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $20.00
About: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   In a chronicle that captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and intrigue, John Julius Norwich recounts in riveting detail the histories of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world.

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